Throughout the past decade, the New York Mets have been unable to attract big-name free agents due mainly to the Wilpon ownership.
While there have been spectacular free agents in the past two years, such as Gerrit Cole and Bryce Harper, the Mets couldn’t reach an agreement with any high-profile names. Under the reign of the Wilpons, New York has had far too many abysmal offseasons. Luckily, this offseason looks to be much better in Queens under new owner Steve Cohen.
As the Mets look to get back to playoff contention, the front office must make a big splash in this year’s free agency period. Notable top free agents this year include but are not limited to Trevor Bauer, J.T. Realmuto, and George Springer. However, due to cap space and roster size, the team may only sign one. One player the Mets should take a comprehensive look at is George Springer, a former Houston Astro.
George Springer’s Background and Early Career
Selected in the 1st round of the 2011 MLB Draft, Springer, the right fielder, is now a free agent at age 31. In his rookie season in2014, he hit for a .231 average with 20 home runs and 51 RBIs.
During his sophomore season, he dramatically improved to a solid .276 average, while clubbing 16 homers and driving in 41 runs.
Springer was outstanding in 2016 as well, as he focused on his goal of striking out less. Despite the Houston Astros cheating scandal, Springer was a massive part of that team’s success. The fourth-year outfielder set career highs in batting average and runs batted in. He hit for a .283 average and drove 85 runs in. Additionally, he was a first-time All-Star and Silver Slugger, as well as World Series MVP.
In the last three seasons, he has two more All-Star appearances and a Silvers Slugger award. During a 2018 game against the Oakland Athletics, Springer was the first player in Astros history to have six hits in a nine-inning ballgame. In the 2018 All-Star game, he hit a go-ahead home run in extra innings to give the American League the win, 8-6.
How He Would Fit The Mets
Springer would have an immediate positive impact on the Mets for many reasons. For instance, he would bring above-average defense to the team, which they didn’t have in 2020. Last season, center fielder Brandon Nimmo had the worst-rated defense in baseball. Having Springer would bring a significant upgrade. Plus, Springer is a fabulous veteran presence to have on the team. During his tenure in Houston, he was called a “tremendous clubhouse influence.”
Though adding Springer would help, there are also negative parts about a signing like this. For example, at 31 years old, it is unlikely that he would be a long-term part of the Mets. The Mets would likely have to sign him to a shorter and cheaper deal as well. These reasons may be a cause for concern.
Springer has listed as one of the top free agents this offseason, and for a good reason. He is consistent and should make an immediate impact, exactly why the Mets’ front office should sign him to a relatively short deal. A three or four-year deal is ideal as he could be on the decline. New York looks to be big spenders this offseason, and signing Springer wouldn’t disappoint. A trio of Dominic Smith, Pete Alonso, and Springer would form a top offense.